Table 4-4 Type of Boating Accidents, 1995-2000

Table 4-4
Type of Boating Accidents, 1995-2000

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Accident type 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Collison with another vessel 2,687 2,639 2,581 2,837 2,729 2,706
Collison with fixed object 584 580 623 833 881 851
Falls overboard 660 648 669 662 624 610
Capsizing 520 471 496 569 549 502
Grounding 360 363 383 472 507 494
Flooding/swamping 236 295 323 439 460 419
Skier mishap 346 378 445 497 450 442
Falls within boat 219 316 319 343 352 316
Fire/explosion (fuel) 204 190 160 202 222 183
Sinking 210 202 177 243 220 187
Collison with floating object 201 203 206 172 172 151
Struck submerged object 100 110 135 165 161 199
Fire/explosion (other than fuel) 42 72 78 110 141 116
Struck by boat 185 147 133 142 132 157
Struck by motor or propellor 117 119 123 101 99 88
Other/unknown 1,348 1,293 1,196 274 232 260
Total 8,019 8,026 8,047 8,061 7,931 7,740

NOTES: Type of accident refers only to the first event that occurred. Some accidents involve more than one event. A grounding followed by a sinking is counted only as a grounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics - 2000, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/saf/pdf/boating_statistics_2000.pdf as of October 2001.

  • Of the 47,824 recreational boating accidents that occurred from 1995 through 2000, about 34 percent (16,179) involved collisions with another vessel. This is followed by collisons with fixed objects and falls overboard. The top three types of boating accidents have remained the top three for the last 6 years.